DATE: 17-04-2017                                                   


Prime Minister says Pakistan is ready to work with the international community to resolve Afghan crisis.


Budget for the next fiscal year will be presented before Ramazan-ul-Mubarak.


Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has signed eleven MoUs with Chinese Companies for implementation of development projects under CPEC.


A three-day anti polio campaign began in the country on Monday.


Kashmiri leadership has demanded probe by the UN war crimes tribunal into target killings of civilians by Indian forces in the occupied Kashmir.





Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan is looking forward to forge a strong and mutually beneficial partnership with the US to promote peace and security in the region and beyond.


He was talking to the US National Security Advisor Lt. Gen.  H.R McMaster in Islamabad on Monday.


The Prime Minister reaffirmed his commitment to a peaceful neighbourhood and apprised the US National Security Advisor of the steps taken by Pakistan to reach out to both India and Afghanistan.


Nawaz Sharif conveyed Pakistan's readiness to work with the international community to explore ways in which the Afghan crisis can be resolved.


On relations with India, the Prime Minister reiterated his firm conviction on sustained dialogue and meaningful engagement as the only way forward to resolve all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan including the Kashmir dispute.


He welcomed President Trump's willingness to help India and Pakistan resolve their differences particularly on Kashmir.


The Prime Minister also said across-the-board consensus achieved by his Government to combat extremism and terrorism.


He said structural reforms in the economy have laid the foundation of a moderate, progressive and democratic Islamic Republic that is ready to do business with the United States and the world at large.


General McMaster conveyed the greetings of President Trump.


He assured the Prime Minister that the new Administration was committed to strengthening bilateral relations and working with Pakistan, to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan and in the wider South Asian region.



US National Security Adviser Mc Master has reaffirmed Trump administration's commitment to work closely with Pakistan in strengthening mutually beneficial relations.


He was talking to Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on Monday.


He said his country will also work with Pakistan towards the shared objectives of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.


McMaster acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in combating extremism and terrorism.


Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan and the US have been close friends over decades and that a continued strong partnership  remained critical to promoting peace and stability in the wider region.


Adviser also highlighted the importance of effective border management as part of the actions required to achieve sustainable peace in the region.


The Pakistan side also shared its perspective on the plight of Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir and the status of relations with India.                         



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said the budget for the next fiscal year will be presented next month before Ramazan-ul-Mubarak. 


In an interview, he said the budget making process has been expedited.                                   



A meeting of PML (N) senior leaders belonging to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has appointed Amir Muqam as party's provincial President and Murtaza Javed Abbasi the General Secretary.


The meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was held in Islamabad on Monday.


On the occasion, Nawaz Sharif who is also party's president and other leaders of the PML (N) paid tributes to the services of former provincial party President Peer Sabir Shah and former General Secretary Rehmat Salaam Khattak.


Nawaz Sharif expressed confidence that new provincial office bearers will take along the party workers and devote all their energies to further strengthen the PML (N) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


The Prime Minister said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has always remained a stronghold for PML (N) and it will give outstanding performance in the next general elections.


On the occasion, the new provincial president and the general secretary assured they will make all out efforts to form the PML (N) government in the next general elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and remove the sense of deprivation of the people of the province.


The meeting was attended amongst others by Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Amir Muqam, Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan, Dr Asif Kirmani and Sir Anjaam Khan.                                   



Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has singed eleven Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese Companies for completion of various development projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


An agreement to this effect was signed in Beijing on Monday.


 The development projects related to information technology, special economic zones, power plants, oil refinery, infrastructure and e-commerce sectors.


KP Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak, provincial ministers and Pakistan Ambassador to China, Masood Khalid, were present at the signing ceremony.         



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to rehabilitate Reshun Hydropower Station in district Chitral.


A spokesman of Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization told our Peshawar Correspondent that the power house washed away due to floods in 2015 will be reconstructed at a cost of about one billion rupees within two years.


The power station will generate four point two megawatts electricity which will be provided to seventy villages of Chitral district.                        



The ministry of water and power has established a round the clock cell to address complaints relating to power outages.


For complaints, the public can contact on 0519204430 and 0519206834.                             



Anti-polio campaign is in progress across the country with teams visiting door to door to administer anti polio drops to children under the age of five years.


Polio eradication drive has been started in Sindh including Karachi as well.


Over eight million children will be administered polio drops.


Anti-polio drive has also been started in Balochistan.


The Provincial Coordinator Emergency Operation Centre Balochistan Syed Faisal Ahmed told our correspondent in Quetta that during the drive, more than one million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops during the drive.


A three-day anti polio campaign also began in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas.


During the drive, more than six point six million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops in the province and tribal areas.


Special security measures have been taken to ensure security of polio teams.



The Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza has demanded a probe by the UN war crimes tribunal into brutal target killings of civilians by Indian forces in the occupied Kashmir. 


Address a public rally in Salar Tehsil he said paid glowing tributes to the martyred youth and demanded of the international community to take notice of the grim situation.


Meanwhile the All Parties Hurriyet Conference criticized human rights organizations for their failure in highlighting the sufferings of Kashmiris.



Hundreds of Palestinians held in Israeli jails are starting mass hunger strike in protest against their conditions.


The protest strike is being led by Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader jailed by Israel for life.


Palestinians consider the detainees as political prisoners as they have been detained under so-called Administrative Detention, which allows suspects to be held without charge for six-month.


According to official sources, there were about 7,000 Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails.



Japanese government is drawing up contingency plans to accommodate influx of refugees if crisis emerges on the Korean Peninsula.


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliamentary session on Monday that the government has been also working on evacuation plans for Japanese from South Korea.

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